Knowing where to put a bird feeder is important if you want to attract a wide range of different birds to your garden or backyard.
When it comes to finding a suitable place for a bird feeder there are two main things that you want to consider:
- Are you able to see the feeder from various vantage points in your home or yard?
- Is the feeder located somewhere that birds will feel safe and not exposed?
These are two pretty straightforward factors that you want to consider when you’re placing your new bird feeder somewhere in your garden or backyard.
Obviously, you’re going to want to be able to see it clearly so you can admire all of the birds that visit and you also want to place it somewhere where the birds are comfortable visiting so that they’ll stick around for more than just a few moments.
Where to Hang a Bird Feeder in Your Garden or Backyard
One of the biggest obstacles when it comes to finding the best place for a bird feeder are the windows in your home or shed.
In some cases, it’s a good idea to position feeders within 3 feet of the window because with such a close distance the birds won’t be able to fly full speed into the glass and they’ll feel safer with the solid structure behind them.
On the other hand, you’re going to want to position a feeder at least 30 feet from the window if you don’t want it so close by.
This is because at this distance the birds are much less likely to fly into the window and break their necks compared to how likely it would be if the feeder was only 5, 10 or 20 feet away.
Every year millions and millions of birds are killed by windows so it’s a good idea to take the time and effort to find the proper place to position your bird feeder to avoid any of these problems and unnecessary deaths.
It’s also a good idea to find somewhere that offers natural shelter, like trees, bushes or other landscaping, that helps the birds to feel protected, give them somewhere to perch while they’re eating and offers a suitable hiding place from any of their predators.
In contrast though, you don’t want to place any feeders too close to any trees or landscaping because this will make it easier for squirrels and cats to access the seeds that you have left out or to attack the birds while they’re feeding.
I would recommend keeping your feeder between 8 and 12 feet away from trees, shrubs or other places that will offer better access to the feeder for rodents, cats or natural predators.
If you’re using a ground feeder or you want to attract more birds that spend more time on the ground you’re going to want to place your bird feeder closer to smaller bushes, shrubs or create your own loosely stacked piles of natural debris where the ground feeding birds can hide and take shelter.
Where to Hang Hummingbird Feeders
There are also some factors you want to consider when it comes to finding the best place for hummingbird feeders.
Ideally, you want to look for a location that’s well protected from the wind and other outdoor elements.
The reason is that you want to make it more comfortable for the hummingbirds while they’re feeding and you also want to avoid having the sugar solution that you’re using spill all over the place, which will only attract ants and rodents.
You also want to try to keep your hummingbird feeder in the shade because this will make the sugar solution that you’re using last longer and keep it from going bad too quickly.
I would recommend setting up any hummingbird feeders either near to your windows or in a location close to any trees or shrubs where the hummingbirds can retreat to if they’re spooked or looking for somewhere to perch.
Bird Aren’t Visiting My Bird Feeder
If you have just set up a new bird feeder and you haven’t seen any birds visiting yet you just need to keep waiting.
It’s not likely that birds are just going to show up right away and start feeding, they need time to discover the new source of food that you have left out and they need to test whether or not it’s a viable choice for them to use.
If you positioned your feeder properly and it’s in a safe, comfortable area then you should expect to see birds within a few days of setting seeds out.
If a few days have gone by and you still haven’t seen any birds then it’s a good idea to sprinkle some seeds nearby to the feeder to make it more obvious that you have left food out for them.
When you’re replacing the seeds be sure to keep an eye on how they look.
If they’re too wet or if you notice that there are a lot being blown around then the area might not be so suitable for a feeder and I would recommend moving it to a more sheltered, less exposed location.
If a week or more has gone by and there still aren’t any birds visiting your backyard then it’s a good idea to plant some bird friendly trees, flowers and other greenery in your backyard if possible.